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    FAO Holds Workshop on Agriculture Policy Outcome and Impacts Analysis

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a stakeholder workshop to share perspectives on the policy outcomes of selected agricultural products and their impacts on the economy of Nigeria in order to strengthen the sustainable growth of the agricultural sector in the country.

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a stakeholder workshop to share perspectives on the policy outcomes of selected agricultural products and their impacts on the economy of Nigeria in order to strengthen the sustainable growth of the agricultural sector in the country.

    The FAO Representative ad interim in Nigeria, Dominique Koffy Kouacou, disclosed at the event that the aim of MAFAP in bringing out evidence-based policy options for improving the agricultural sector is to support the government of Nigeria in overcoming the challenges of food security and malnutrition.

    Kouacou expressed optimism that the organization looks forward to further engagements based on options revealed by the analysis carried out at the workshop to ensure food and nutrition security in the country.

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    The Director of Planning and Policy Coordination in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Tanimu Ibrahim, while noting that the exercise is relevant to the country, commended FAO for undertaking the analysis and gave the assurance that the outcome of the analysis would be used to support the present administration’s efforts in agricultural development.

    The Deputy Director of FAO’s Agrifood Economics and Policy Division, Dr. Marco Sanchez, indicated that MAFAP had assisted countries in Africa and Asia to implement over 30 reforms since the program started, adding that in the case of Nigeria, the analysis revealed the top areas where investments should go in order to improve food and nutrition security and increase rural employment.

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    Participants at the workshop included officers from the Bank of Agriculture, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (FMAFS), the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment, some agriculture research institutes, development partners, and other agencies.

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